Rise in rape cases in India
As per the reports, rape tragedies have increased rapidly and it has risen up to 873 percent now, since 1953. According to the statistics, about two women have been raped in the country within single hour duration, every hour. The reports further provide information that in every 10 hours a girl of age between 1 to 10 years is being raped in India. Instead of any reduction in this national crime, the rape rate is increasing day by day, it appears that the rapists are not scared from any laws and rules.
Everyone is aware about the scariest incident which happened with a 23 year old para-medical student in a moving bus in Delhi. In the year 2007 and 2011, Delhi saw 2,620 rape cases comparatively; Mumbai had 1,033, Bangalore 383, Chennai 293 and Kolkata 200 cases. The cruelty, unkindness, malice which was shown towards the women by the rapists filled every rational Indian with the anger. Thousands of people took to streets demanding justice for the young woman. The appeal of these numerous people compelled our leaders and politicians to sit up and think and do some amendments in the laws concerned with sexual assault of women.
Everyday newspaper is flooding with the news on rapes, which state incidents like a 7 year old girl being raped by her neighbor. In majority of cases, the accused is known to the victim that may be a friend, a relative or a neighbor. These cases are really the rude shock to humanity as the accused not only raped the victim but damages her internal organs beyond cure. Whereas some of the other cruel cases includes the teachers who have raped their students.
What is defined as rape in India?
Rape is one of the most common crimes in India which causes the harassment of women physically as well as mentally. It is similar like a murderer destroys the physical structure of the victim; a rapist demeans and despoils the soul of a woman.
Sexual harassment like molestation, eve-teasing, child sex abuse, rape, marital rape and domestic violence on women is a common issue in India. According to the section 375 of Indian Penal Code, Rape can be described as the unlawful intercourse done by a man with a helpless woman. Due to such kind of activities, a woman lives a pathetic life which causes fear, depression, guilt complex, suicidal action and other kind of social stigma that humiliates women for their entire life.
Section 375 in The Indian Penal Code, 1860Rape.– A man is said to commit” rape” who, except in the case hereinafter excepted, has sexual intercourse with a woman under circumstances falling under any of the six following descriptions:- First.- Against her will. Secondly.- Without her consent. Thirdly.- With her consent, when her consent has been obtained by putting her or any person in whom she is interested in fear of death or of hurt. Fourthly.- With her consent, when the man knows that he is not her husband, and that her consent is given because she believes that he is another man to whom she is or believes herself to be lawfully married. Fifthly.- With her consent, when, at the time of giving such consent, by reason of unsoundness of mind or intoxication or the administration by him personally or through another of any stupefying or unwholesome substance, she is unable to understand the nature and consequences of that to which she gives consent. Sixthly.- With or without her consent, when she is under sixteen years of age. Explanation.- Penetration is sufficient to constitute the sexual intercourse necessary to the offence of rape. Exception.- Sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape.
Causes of Rape
The first question arises in mind that why the rape cases arises in India at an alarming rate? The main cause is lack of the public safety as women are not safe outside their home. Various cases have been reported wherein the accused has committed the rape in the very house of the victim and some of the cases in which rapes have taken place in moving vehicles. Another major reason that causes this crime is the dearth of the police force and female police officials in the country at that particular situation. One of the most important reasons is a sluggish court system of India and few convictions. As the accused person is not convicted, other thinks that they can go around and freely rape whosoever they like to. Encouraging and stigmatizing the victim and compelling to compromise, gives further thrust to this vindictive crime. And last but not the least, there is certainly a lack of respect for women in our country. We are way far from what we call as “Women Empowerment”, as women are still treated inferior to men and are thought of just as objects of lust.
Remedies to this cruel crime
The dreadful need is to curb this cruel violence against women. Most eminent step is to strengthen the laws dealing with sexual assaults. A proper death penalty should be imposed on the accused person. Fast track courts must be established so that prompt justice is given to the victims. A women squad should be developed in every district to deal with women problems and issues.
One of the most important measures is to support the NGO’s which includes rape crisis centres for the rape victims so that victim can call on the toll free number or physically visit the center for protection. More and more such NGOs should be favored and started.
Women are most important part in our life as they are the wonderful daughters, sisters, wives and mothers, they should be loved, cared, respected and protected against the violation. We all need to come together to put an end to this heinous crime to save women, and thus the humanity.